Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Re: Name Translation: Fayvel/ Faivish/ Feivel #lithuania
At 16:27 8/22/02 -0400, James R. Platt wrote:
<<Is there a common translation of the given names "Fayvel"
Faivish (male) Pet forms: Fayvel, Feivel.
Jewish (Yiddish): probably >from Greek Phoibos, an epithet of the sun god
Apollo. It is said to have been adopted as a learned translation equivalent
of Hebrew Shimshon (see Samson), but it is more likely derived directly >from the Greek. The Greeks often named captured slaves after gods, and it would thus have been likely for Jews to come to have this name. It was often paired with the Aramaic name Shraga meaning 'fire, lantern' as Shraga Faivish, since it was important for Jewish men to be called by a Hebrew or Aramaic name in certain religious rites.
A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, Patrick Hanks and
Flavia Hodges 1990
Eilat Gordin Levitan
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